Mamie Van Doren

Actor, Singer, Secretary
Full-figured, hard-edged leading lady of the late 1950s and early 60s who, next to Jayne Mansfield, was one of the best known of the Marilyn Monroe imitators to emerge at that time. Van Doren, however, was not cast ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1931 in Rowena, South Dakota, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Bettie Page Reveals All 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Slackers 2002 (Movie)

Mrs Van Graaf (Actor)

Rock Hudson: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jayne Mansfield: Love and Kisses 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Ride 1986 (Movie)

Debbie Stockwell (Actor)

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women 1965 (Movie)

Moana (Actor)

Sex Kittens Go to College 1960 (Movie)

Dr Mathilda West (Actor)

The Private Lives of Adam and Eve 1960 (Movie)

Evie Simms/Eve (Actor)

The Beat Generation 1959 (Movie)

Georgia Altera (Actor)

Born Reckless 1958 (Movie)

Jackie Adams (Actor)

Girls' Town 1958 (Movie)

Silver Morgan (Actor)

High School Confidential 1958 (Movie)

Gwen Dulaine (Actor)

Teacher's Pet 1958 (Movie)

Peggy DeFore (Actor)

The Big Operator 1958 (Movie)

Mary Gibson (Actor)

Guns, Girls and Gangsters 1957 (Movie)

Vi Victor (Actor)

Jet Pilot 1957 (Movie)

WAAF (Actor)

The Girl in Black Stockings 1957 (Movie)

Harriet Ames (Actor)

Star in the Dust 1956 (Movie)

Ellen Ballard (Actor)

Ain't Misbehavin' 1955 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Running Wild 1955 (Movie)

Irma Bean (Actor)

Yankee Pasha 1954 (Movie)

Lilith (Actor)

Forbidden 1953 (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

The All American 1953 (Movie)

Susie Ward (Actor)

His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Glory Years (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Born Reckless 1958 (Movie)

("Born Reckless" "A Little Longer" "Home Type Girl" "Separate the Men From the Boys" "Something To Dream About") (Song Performer)

Biography

Full-figured, hard-edged leading lady of the late 1950s and early 60s who, next to Jayne Mansfield, was one of the best known of the Marilyn Monroe imitators to emerge at that time. Van Doren, however, was not cast primarily in comedies like the more successful Mansfield; instead, she primarily appeared in schlocky "B" melodramas like "Guns, Girls, and Gangsters" (1958), "The Beat Generation" (1959), and "The Navy vs. the Night Monsters" (1966) and exploitation films like "High School Confidential" (1958), "Sex Kittens Go the College" (1960). Van Doren's minor cult status was acknowledged in 1994's "Pulp Fiction", in which a character named "Mamie Van Doren" was played by Lorelei Leslie.

Relationships

Perry Anthony

Son

Ray Anthony

Husband

Bo Belinsky

Companion
born on December 7, 1936 was engaged briefly in the 1960s died on November 23, 2001

EDUCATION

Los Angeles High School

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2002

Made cameo appearance (including doffing her top) in "Slackers"

1987

Played the role of Minnie on the HBO five-part comedy-adventure series, "Glory Years"

1986

Returned to features after nearly 20 years to play a supporting role in the teen comedy, "Free Ride"

1967

Among last leading roles in features was her part in "You've Got to Be Smart"

1960

Played Maybelle Perkins on the CBS comedy special (and series pilot), "Meet the Girls: The Shape, The Face and the Brain"

1956

First worked with producer (and sometime director) Albert Zugsmith, "Star in the Dust"

1955

Played first female lead in a film, "Running Wild"

1951

Initial film released, "His Kind of Woman"; billed as Joan Olander

1950

Played a small role in the Howard Hughes-Joseph von Sternberg debacle, "Jet Pilot", starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh; film was not released until 1957

Bonus Trivia

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She has an official Web site at www.mamievandoren.com

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"I never screwed around during a movie. It was always afterward. At least I'd try to wait until afterwards."---Mamie Van Doren to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.

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"I think the term bombshell comes from the bullet bra that I created when I was at Universal. My breasts are a mile wide, I am a 34 with a triple F cup. What I wanted was a bra to wear under a turtleneck sweater that would point the nipples out because I thought that it would be hot looking. Universal made only one and lined it with satin. That was the bullet bra.."---Mamie Van Doren to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.

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